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Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

G R Goslin

Portent?

Is it a portent that the link to the "closed Beta" brings up the following ?

Firefox can't find the server at www.streem.com%e2%80%9d.

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

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Nearly as comfortable

It rather sounds a tad more comfortable than doing the same trip tourist class on the worlds airlines. At least you son't have to queue for the loo.

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three times as light as

Three times as light as? Can you actually say that?

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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You really should maintain this article

You reall should maintain this article. I can see it going on for infinity. As someone who has spent the last few days on a menu sage (which was at my expense), in trying to get a question through to both my mobile phone supplier, AND the landline phone company, I can sympathise and agree with every single post.

And that doesn't include the absolute pointlessness of posting on the companies forums.

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Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

G R Goslin

Complaints about complaints

I chucked Voda, last year, after a four month argument with them about their handling of complaints about, you've guessed it, Customer Service. When I finally gave up, I hadn't had a single reply to several letters, or for any sensible answers to a whole sheaf of emails.

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Surf's up near Saturn as boffins spot waves on Titan

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Announcing the bleeding obvious

And does Titan also have bears in the woods?

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Perhaps

Perhaps one of these clerics has pointed out the REAL problem with living on Mars. How do you know which direction Mecca is. A degree or two wrong at that range could be crucial. And it's always changing. A REALLY important problem.

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Re: Yikes, you've stumbled into...

I think Alistair will find the safe is for the typewriter ribbon I notice is conspicuously absent in the photo. Perhaps Alistair has lighted on a subsidiary of GCHQ. I'd suggest he leave the country at once, but don't tell anyone where you're going.

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Vodafone's Euro revenues slump by nearly TEN PER CENT

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Speaking for myself....

....as an ex-Vodafone customer. It couldn't have happened to a nicer Company.

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UK.gov dangles £10m sweetener over bumpkin broadband hopefuls

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If

If the Chancellor is going to "fix the roof while the sun is shining", someone ought to tell him that the Government has sold the hammer and nails, as well as the ladder.

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

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Surely, you're joking Mr Asus?

32Gb of storage space! You can't be serious!. By the time you's put on a proper (Linux) OS, you'll have a machine with operating systems and no storage for much more than a couple of .avi files. With that you don't really need all that battery capacity. I've an Asus 1225, which replaces my lovely 1008HA, sadly running out of battery capacity, which has 100Gb allocated to Win7 and 167Gb allocated to Linux (Mageia). Manners might maketh man, but storage space makes a useable PC. And the 1225 only cost me £219. 32Gb, don't make me laugh.

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We go joyriding in the Google Maps-killer's ROBO-CAR

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Legal?

Is it actually legal to have all that kit supervised by the guy who is supposed to have all his attention concentrated on the road? Particularly since the hardware is parked in the passengers seat. If I see a 'Here' car, I'll make sure that there's a large tree 'twixt he and me.

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Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

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Preserve?

You can't "preserve" Pu238. It decays. You use it or you lose it. Unless they have an alternative use for it, cancelling the project makes no sense. Particularly in the reason given for the cancellation. The stuff works by harnessing the decay heat. All they've come up with is a more efficient way of using it. And even then, you throw away most of the heat.

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Android mobes outsell iPhones, but Apple gets MORE PROFIT THAN ALL

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Junk business

No, they're not in the junk business, but they're not in the value for money business either What they are in is the hype led "All the trade will bear" business

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

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Re: Maybe what's needed is

My vehicles already seem to be equipped with such a device. It's called a fuel tankk. Depending on the vehicle, I fill them with petrol or diesel. It's quick, clean and convenient, and I can get the fuel almost everywhere. Dents and dings hardly seem to bother them.

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Study finds open-source home 3D printer could save $2,000 a year

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So?

So you have your p[inter and you have the plastic, or whatever. Now, where do you find the date input? All printers need data, and it certainly doesn't come with the manual You'll be lucky to get a diagramatic outline, in perspective. Or do you just ring the manufacturer and ask nicely for the CAD files of the part you want to print. I have a well equipped workshop, but would need to spend an age of time with measuring tools before I could come up with a working drawing detailed enough to make something that works.

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VCs take a nasty cold bath on Drobo deal, leave Barrall 'delighted'

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And on the plus side

I bought my first Drobo, some years ago. Yes it was a bit pricy. But, The design was superb, the appearance wa superb.the concept was superb, the build was superb. And not least, the packaging was out-of-this-world. I've never regretted it. I bought the Drobo Share to get the thing nework wide and added a second unit. It's gone though the years, taking two disc drive failures in it's stride with not a loss of a byte of data. I've now semi retired it and bought the Drobo FS, which looks as if it's going to follow in it's predecessors footsteps. Innovation at Data Robotics did seem to cease when Barrall left. Perhaps his return will once more light the spark

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Jack Vance: Science fiction’s master of magic, mischief and sex

G R Goslin

Saddened

I'm saddened by Jack Vance's going. The world is diminished by his disappearance from the literary world. One of my favourite authors. I don't think I could count the number of times I'e re-read his Demon Princes Series.

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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

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But,

But what will that do to house prices?

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PC market facing worst-ever slump in 2013

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I'm doing my best

I've just bought a new machine. Not that my old one is worn out, or obsolete.The machine will replace one of Asus's netbooks. An EeePC 1008HA, arguably the prettiest thing they ever brought out. I've only bought the new one, an Asus 1225B because Asus say that they're no longer going to make the netbook model, and It was about the very last opportunity to buy a machine which DID NOT have Windows 8 on it. Not that I use the windows bit much, since I'm a long time Linux user. But Win is useful for the odd application where Linux doesn't have the equivalent. So, next year may be a poor year too, with Win 8 the only alternative. Has wnyone a good word for Win 8. I certainly have not heard one.

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Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period

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Re: The battery is only one part of the problem

True enough. But an awful lot of car on the road are permanently on the road. Their owners don't even have the facility to park on their own property. So all street parking is out of the question. Too, an average fill of petrol, say 40 litres, works out at 360KWh. re-charging that, at home, over a period of 10 hours would require an power outlet giving 36 KW. Twelve time the maximum allowed on your average ring main. If your light dim when the fridge kicks in. Think what 36KW will do

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The battery is only one part of the problem

And a minor part at that.The REAL problem is charging the things in the time scale of a petrol/diesel tank re-charge. And that's never going to happen. Hydrocarbon fuel is so energy packed the the "re-charging" rate can be considered to be in the range of megawatts. It'd certainly put quite a dent in the local power supply to do the same with an electrical re-charge.

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Stand by for PURPLE KETCHUP as boffins breed SUPER TOMATOES

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shelf life.

If my local supermarket, a well known company, is anything to go by, they must keep their tomatoes on a shelf in the dtore room for about 19 days before putting them out for sale.

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Curse you, old person, for inventing computers!

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Re: Yup - Me too! (Darryl)

Not so. You're not matching like with like. You can't add waiting in line in one case and not in the other. If the self service tills had a queue (which, more often than not they don't, because the mass of people don't like them) then the case would match. There are three actions in cash-out. Unloading the trolley, cashing, and loading the carry out bags. The quickest system is to choose a cash-out which already has someone who has completed their unloading. Then while the cashier is busy, you unload your trolley. If you have any sense, you arrrange the order of your shopping in the order that it witll go into the carry-out bags without damage. By the time you're done the previous customer is clear. You then move up and start loading the bags with the ordered shopping, while the cashier is passing the stuff through, and the next customer is unloading their trolley. So you have yourself loading, the cashier cashing and the next customer unloading ALL AT THE SAME TIME In the case of self service, you largely lose the option of sorting the order of your loading, so your bread goes under the potatoes. All the actions have to take place sequentially. I've been iknvolved in Work Study Practices in the past, and that's how you get efficient processing. And you have the option of chatting to the cashier or not. Your choice.Added to which, the most fraught part, the cashing, is done by a (usually) skilled operator, where the suff just flies through, and if there's any hiatus (the bar code smudged or obscured), they know how to deal with it.

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

G R Goslin

If Only....

If only the companies would get their business properly sorted out, there wouldn't be the need for so many support staff, anyway. It's only when thing go wrong, that customers turn to Customer Support, which in truth, the seldom get. I had an account with Voda, for about ten years, but since I live in a no-signal area, it got very little use, except for an emergency phone in the car.. But when I got one of their femtocell units and had to use their Customer Service, because the courier lost the package en-route, it took me five weeks to get a refund. Feeling that a complaint was due. It took me four months to get absolutely no response to my complaint about their Customer Service. I'm now with another provider, but hgave little confidence that they're any better. I contrast, I do a lot of business with Amnazon, which seems to run like clockwork. Only once have I used Customer Service, on an item which was giving trouble, and that issue was cleared up, satisfactorily, in no time at all.

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

G R Goslin

Proof?

This is not proof. This is merely the assertions of a group with a lot to lose if the "truth" ran the other way. If we go back 50 years, the consensus among scientists was that Continental Drift, Plate Techtonics, whatever you like to call it were a myth. And they had good science to prove it, too.. Go back even further, and the consensus was that the World was flat, and if you went West far enough, you'd fall off the edge. All backed by science. Go back between the two and the consensus was that the atom was an indivisible entity. I could go on and on, and on.

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Degenerate dwarfs tear neighbors limb from limb

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Query

I don't quite get the thrust of this article. The sun and the planets, in any system are all developed from the same dust cloud and therefore have identical mixes. The only difference, in practical terms is that the planets are drastically impoverished in the light elements, hydrogen and helium, particularly in the inner orbits, having lost this in the creation of the planet in it's particular orbit

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

G R Goslin

Fuming

MS must be fuming at this. Do you think that the'll go out and do a 'Nook' on this. Go out and buy the ISS so they can have it use their systems?

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Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating

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Traditional verbiage

It's sort of traditional in motoring circles to never give a bad review of a new model. You over-grade the innovations and ignore the fact that this is an over-priced, short lived device with no proven long term durability.. The magazines know well, that a review that is a tad critical will meet up with a serious shortfall in advertising for the forseeable future.

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

G R Goslin

Re: Psion Series 5

I introduced the Psion 3 into the company I worked for, and for my pains got to look after the customer base. My impression of the Psion 5 was that it was a step back from the 3c. it had a number of serious weaknesses. The hinge mechanism was weak and broke easily. It was physically bulkier. But the main drawback was the battery life. The Psion three went on and on, but the quiescent current drawn by the 5 meant that two weeks of non use, say your annual holiday, and you'd come back to a dead machine and all your files gone. Many a moaning customer came asking, "How do I get my files back?". I never bought the 5, but skipped straight onto the netBook, which still sees almost daily use.

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Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums

G R Goslin

Much simpler

I've a much simpler system than that. I run a white Land Rover Defender. When I come back to the car park, I simply look for the large white object projecting above the multi-coloured array of boys toys.

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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A minor point

A minotr point I feel that I should point out. ALL tax paid by a company, and that includes Corporation Tax, is derived from the charge made by that company, on it's customers. So, if Google did not pay the tax, then it's goods and services are therefore cheaper to the customer, all thing being equal.. Thje Governmeat would love Google to pay higher taxes, but that does not mean that the customer would be paying lower personal taxes as a consequence of the government gaining a new revenue stream. It seems to me, of late that the government has given up it's real purpose of governing the country, but has become, like any other company, it's there to maximise it's profits.

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Boffins build ant-sized battery, claim it's tough enough to start a car

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Magnesium?

Shouldn't that be Lithium Manganese Oxide? The Beeb has it as LiMnO2

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

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Doubts

I'd tend to doubt any organisation that begins it's spiel with:-

"The cost of clean & distributed electricity generation like wind and solar has fallen dramatically over the past few years making them the cheapest sources of electricity in the world."

Yhey're obviously not talking about the real world, so perhaps their flywheel is in the same world as cheap wind and solar power.

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

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Re: I've forgotten how to do the calculations...

A quick lookup The combustion of 2 Mols of H2 releases 572Kj. The combustion of 1 Mol of carbon releases 394Kj. Total 966Kj. The combustion of 1Mol methane releases 890Kj. So, to split the methane molecule you have to ADD 76Kj, which since you're not burning the Carbon will have to be provided by the hydrogen, so the net release of heat is 496Kj. Just a little over half the amount of energy you started with. And that's not including your losses. of which thee'll be plenty.

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Re: Where does the carbon go?

The reduction of iron, from it's ore produces cast iron, with a very high proportion of carbon. Circa 5%. You have to get rid of the excess to produce steel. Max carbon 1%.This used to be the Bessemer Converter, which burned off the carbon with an air blast from underneath the molten iron. Knowing when to stop gave you the class of steel that yopu wanted. So blowing methane through iron is a no-no.You'd need a metal which carbon does not dissolve in.

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Frightening fondleslabs branded Hannibal Lecter of UK PC market

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What do they do with them?

From my experience with tablets, there's so little you can actually do with them, and this applies almost equally to Apple and Android vewrsions. It makes me wonder what people who carry the bloody things around actually DO to earn the daily crust.

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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All very well.

All very well, nicely written. But, the article didn't actually tell you anything. I've been (almost) exclusively using Linux for years. However, I've not managed to persuade a single one of my friends to install it, simply because they regard it as "hard to install", which it isn't. Well, at least the distro I use isn't. Most people don't want the perceived problems of installation, and will always stick with what the hardware came with. Even if it's Vista.

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Official: America now a nation of broadband whingers

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Re, London

If you want an example of what I mean, have a look at this link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-21441070

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G R Goslin

London?

I really do hope that you're not touting the population of London as being representative of the British people. A more pampered, arrogant, overpaid, useless lot, in the main, that it's possible to imagine. The further you go North (and West), the more patient, polite, friendly and long suffering the population becomes.

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USA sinks Atlantic cable plan over Huawei worries

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Progress

Ah, don't you just love it. Umpteen billion spent on a cable, so that people on both sides of the Atlantic and sell each other worthless stock. Perhaps the logic of it all can be explained to the great unwashed

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$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

G R Goslin

non contigeous orbits

How are they thinking of matching the respective kinetic energy of a cargo load of ore on the asteroid to that it would have in a holding orbit around the earth? Not to mention vector matching

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Ebook price-fixing: Macmillan settles with DoJ, Apple fights on

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Re: Sod the lot of them

There used to be an old saying, that is still very true. I can't remember the exact wording, which was in the idiom of the time. It went something like "If three or more tradesmen are engaged in discourse, it will only be to the detriment of the customer". And this was in the 19th Century. How times have not changed

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Wind now cheaper than coal in Oz: Bloomberg

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Here we go again

Sigh. Here we go again, comparing taxed oranges with untaxed lemons. And how much does wind power cost when the wind isn't blowing?

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Vodafone cash supply choked as Europe tightens pursestrings

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Couldn't have happened to a nicer company

I've been having an ongoing argument with Vodafone for the past three months, and I'm not even past the door. I shall be away, as soon as my PAYG credit is used up. They couldn't tempt me back if they paid me to use their network

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Vultures circle crash-landed UK giant 2e2 after top brass axed

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Forgive my ignorance

Forgive my ignorance, but what did 2e2 do? I don't know why, but the old saying "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.", comes into my mind

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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As I recollect

As I recollect there were a number of very good WP programmes out originally. Ami Pro seemed to be the easiest to use. Where MS scopred was that they refused to acknowledge any other format than their own. Others would open, or save in any number of formats, MS in only theirs. So, if you wanted to send a document to anyone who ran MS Office, then it had to be .doc format. So offices tended to go for MS whenever an update came around. It simply froze all the opposition out. It certainly wasn't better.

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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Re-ThornH

You can't be serious! As an ex CAD draughtsman, the iPad comes in as the equivalent as the back of a fag packet, against a full size drawing board. Marginally OK for showing pictures, so long as you don't want to see detail. As for meetings, you'd probably get more attention by passing round a picture of a pin-up

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Tablets BEAT DOWN laptops in 4-to-1 Xmas bloodbath - analyst

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And the significance?

I'd not read too much into this. The reason for most Christmas present choises is panic. "Whatever can we buy for Sidney, that he hasn't got already? I know, we'll buy him a tablet". The fate of most of these choices is frenzied use for a couple of months, or less, then they're back on the shelf. I've a couple of tablets, and sometimes wonder why I ever bought them. They're good for some applications. Mine gets most use as an expensive reader. However the desktop is good at everything. For portability I've a good netbook, which will do practically eveything the desktop will do, but is slower and more cramped. but will do it, in a package practically the same as a tablet.

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re Capt Blue Bear

Quite so. The customer does pay for the wages and rent. As I said the Company is simply a device for making profits, nothing more, nothing less. Which is probably why I, as someone who has always worked for Companies, who strive to keep costs (wages) down, has finished up as poor as a church mouse, whilst my brother, who effectively worked for the Government, has pots of money, since when they need money, they simply demand it.

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